Since JDC’s (Jewish Distribution Committee) establishment in 1914, they have operated with a deep understanding that their responsibility to assist the less fortunate is not limited to the Jewish community. In times of crisis, JDC’s non-sectarian operational arm fulfills a paramount function in both assisting additional communities in affected areas, as well as equipping a Jewish community to serve as an agent of “tikkun olam,”— helping strengthen their community in its time of need. To that end, JDC is working with partners in Israel and around the world, in collaboration with key local partners (e.g., hospitals) to identify clear and dire needs. JDC will transport humanitarian aid, food, and medications to relief organizations lacking these essential and life-saving supplies.

With the outbreak of war in Ukraine, JDC was one of the first organizations on the ground.  Grand Circle Foundation and the Lewis family provided the funds to support almost 25,000 people with food, medicine, and personal hygiene supplies.

They also provided evacuation transportation to the elderly and vulnerable to safe locations both inside Ukraine and beyond.

As the war continued into the cold winter months, they established warming shelters across Ukraine and delivered sleeping bags that could sustain subzero temperatures, portable heaters and stoves and non-perishable food items to those in need.